MLB union players “talk about 60 games of the season, full pay: report


The financiers of the Major League Baseball feud with its players have taken a step toward an agreement that could lead to a pandemic-delayed season after Commissioner Rob Manfred traveled to Arizona to meet with the players of the union of the head of Tony Clark.A day after the session, MLB made a new offer to the Wednesday players’ association which called for full prorated wages, even if the games are played in empty stadiums, a person familiar with the plan told L ‘Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details have not been released.

MLB offers included a 60-game schedule from July 19 which would result in players receiving approximately 37 percent of their wages. That would come to around US $ 1.48 billion on wages originally for a total of US $ 4 billion.

The union’s latest offer on June 9 was for 89-game schedule prorated wages, which would result in 55 percent of wages and about $ 2.2 billion.

Top stars Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole would be getting around $ 13.33 million dollars under the latest MLB and $ 19.78 million dollars under the union’s proposal. A player with a $ 1 million salary, would get $ 370,370 under the club plan and $ 549,383 under proposal players. The $ 563,500 minimum would be worth $ 208,704 under the MLB and the plan $ 309,577 under the union.

The league wants players to give up legal claims

MLB also wants the union to waive additional claims. The two sides have proposed expanding the playoffs by 10 teams to 16 in 2020 and 2021, if there is an agreement, but have not defined the game’s wildcard in format.

“At my request, Tony Clark and I met for several hours yesterday in Phoenix,” Manfred said in a statement. “We left the meeting with a jointly developed framework that we agreed could form the basis of an agreement, and subject to conversations with our respective constituents.

“I summarized this framework many times at the meeting and sent Tony a written summary today,” added Manfred. “Consistent with our conversations yesterday, I am encouraging clubs to move forward, and I trust Tony is doing the same. “

The union did not comment on the new proposal. Players could counter with more games.

Prior to this week, Manfred and Clark had not met since March 13-14 in Arizona, two days after spring training was suspended due to the new coronavirus.

Baseball escalated into labor disputes as the NBA, NHL and MLS went ahead with the restart of plans.

While baseball had eight work stoppages from 1972-95, the parties negotiated four straight labor contracts without interrupting play. But tensions have increased in recent years, with the union losing a grievance accusing the Chicago Cubs manipulating third baseman Kris Bryant on duty to delay his free will and grieve him accusing several clubs of not using their revenue sharing money properly.

Mounting voltages

The players accused several non-competitive teams of “tanking. The Clubs say they have the right to dump veterans and reallocate resources for reconstruction.

And the average salary has stayed in the $ 4.4 million range for the five seasons, from stagnation after Clark conducted his first collective bargaining as successor to the late Michael Weiner.

In the midst of this context, and with the prospect of collective bargaining in order to replace the labor force that expires on Dec. 1, 2021, tensions rose irreversibly when the virus struck.

The parties reached an agreement on March 26 that called on players to receive prorated compensation of $ 170 million in payday advances and a service time guarantee, even if no games are played this year. In exchange, the players waived claims for more to pay, giving a right to test whether Manfred could successfully invoke the Player Uniform provision of Contracts allowing him to suspend these contracts during a national emergency.

When it became apparent that the season should start in empty stadiums without the fans, MLB told the union on May 12 that teams that would combine to lose an additional $ 640,000 for each regular season game, claiming 40% of door and door-bound receipts. The union challenged MLB figures and requested additional documents.

MLB then made its first economic proposal on May 26, offering an 82-hour schedule of games and saying additional, pay cuts were necessary. The players refused to consider further reductions and asked for 119 games. MLB then moved to 76 and 72 games last week, reworking finances, but still refuses full prorated pay. As the union wants to extend the post-season in November, MLB says it fears a second wave of viruses in the fall would jeopardize $ 787 million in broadcast sales.

The players cut off Saturday’s talks, a day after the last proposal’s MLB, and said other negotiations were unsuccessful. The players told MLB to unilaterally set the schedule, but Manfred said MLB would not be when there was a threat of a grievance.


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